Happy spring! This new season gives many people the urge to have a fresh, organized home. But this can seem a little overwhelming. Thinking about cleaning your entire home sounds exhausting, right? Read this checklist to see the main things to get done to deep-clean your home in just a few hours, and really kick start your spring cleaning.
- Get rid of dust and cobwebs from the ceiling and walls with a dust broom or vacuum. Then wipe down these surfaces with a cleaning agent to remove any stubborn buildup.
- Dust other surfaces, such as shelves and loose knick-knacks.
- Vacuum upholstery, being sure to reach all the surfaces. Read the care labels on your furniture to check what surface cleaners can be used before washing the surfaces. Don’t forget to wipe down the non-upholstered furniture as well.
- For the windows, with whatever cleaner you use, make sure to wash both the insides and outsides of the windows. You can pop out screens and vacuum them to remove the dust. And if you have curtains, it’s time to wash those as well (most can be put in a delicate cycle in the washer, but always check the care label). This is an easy job that makes one of the biggest differences in the appearance of your home!
- Counters, tables, and other surfaces should be sterilized. If you don’t want to use chemicals in the kitchen, very hot water and dish soap will do the trick. This would also be a good time to wipe down cupboard fronts.
- Scour the surfaces in the bathroom that usually need it, like the toilet and the tub.
- Take some time to clean your major appliances. Scrub down the microwave, wipe down inside the fridge, and clean inside the oven and the cook top. Run an empty load in the washer with vinegar to clean it, and wipe down inside the dryer. Try to think of the things you often forget about when it comes time to clean!
- Finally, sweep the hard floor surfaces and then mop them. Vacuum all of the carpets (including the door mat). It is recommended that the carpets are deep cleaned at least annually. This can be done with a purchased carpet shampooer or steam cleaner, or can be done by a professional.
Now that the basics jobs are thoroughly done and your house is sparkling clean, you could move on to more intricate, specific tasks, such as organizing cupboards and cleaning out your closet. Choosing one reasonable organizational project a day can help break up the tasks you want to do, and make it more likely that they will actually get done.
By going from the top to the bottom of your house, you can clean all areas of the house without having to go back and repeat anything. There’s no need for spring cleaning to be stressful!